planes, trains and vehicals? #15: yes I am at it again

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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 11-18-2013 08:04 PM 1093 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Almost there spitfire and mustang Part 15 of planes, trains and vehicals? series Part 16: painted and waiting for finishing touches »

So first off I am pretty sure that this string of blogs is why guys like me should not be allowed access to a blog in the first place but as I am and the building of my little air planes definitely constitutes both a journey as well as a challenge at least for me I am blogging. So that thinly veiled attempt as an intro gone wrong aside I am at it again. The two planes I built last the spit fire and the mustang both pleased me because I finally got the wings to turn out how I wanted but of course just failed miserably on the propellers. I have decided to not worry about the contouring of the propellers and going with a simpler design that will spin and be easier to duplicate. I am also going with a flat wing versus the ones I have tried to make before (although I personally like the one on the mustang or its profile).

As always it is out of 3/4 pine and is while measured of a book I have also interpreted through some artistic license if you will. I am also going to be paying attention to detail or fit if you will so that I can finish the B-17 versus painting if I choose to at the end. Anyone who has looked at any of my planes in the past also would notice I do not do wheels, I think this one will have landing gear.

I thought about making the B-17 out of nicer wood, I have some “rustic” oak and some cherry I thought about using but as I read a book I had on toy making they mention that if you start to make the toys out of more expensive woods it can take some of the joy out of process as well you become more particular and view them more as art then toys (thoughts?). Anyway I used it as an excuse to stick with affordable lumber (even worse it is from a lumber yard and not even a dealer).

I am looking for a book on making wooden trains and ships if anyone has an idea or knows of one. Thanks for reading and I hope you all enjoyed.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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